UN comments on Israeli Occupation Forces' rape of Palestinian women, girls


Published: 2024-02-20 11:56

Last Updated: 2024-04-23 00:55

UN comments on Israeli Occupation Forces' rape of Palestinian women, girls
UN comments on Israeli Occupation Forces' rape of Palestinian women, girls

In a statement released Tuesday, UN experts expressed grave concern over reported human rights violations endured by Palestinian women and girls in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The allegations include arbitrary executions, arbitrary detention, and sexual assault.

Credible reports received by the UN said that Palestinian women and girls have been subjected to arbitrary executions, often along with family members, including children. The experts were particularly shocked by instances where women and children were targeted and killed while seeking refuge or fleeing conflict zones. Some victims were reportedly holding white pieces of cloth signifying their non-combatant status when they were killed by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

The experts also raised serious concerns about the arbitrary detention of hundreds of Palestinian women and girls, including human rights defenders, journalists, and humanitarian workers. Many detainees have allegedly faced inhuman and degrading treatment, including denial of basic necessities like menstruation pads, food, and medicine. Reports also indicate instances of severe beatings and exposure to harsh weather conditions.

Of particular distress are reports of sexual assault against women detainees, including instances of strip searches conducted by male Israeli Occupation army officers. Some detainees were raped, while others faced threats of sexual violence. Shockingly, photos of women detainees in degrading situations were reportedly taken by Israeli Occupation Forces and circulated online.

Furthermore, there are reports of Palestinian women and children, including girls, going missing after contact with Israeli Occupation Forces. Concerns were raised about the forcible transfer of a female infant into Israeli Occupation and the separation of children from their parents, with their whereabouts unknown.

The experts reminded the Government of Israeli Occupation of its obligations under international law to uphold the rights and dignity of Palestinian women and girls. They called for an independent and thorough investigation into the allegations and urged Israeli Occupation to cooperate fully with such investigations. The experts emphasized that these reported acts may constitute grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, amounting to serious crimes under international criminal law. They stressed the importance of holding those responsible accountable and providing victims and their families with full redress and justice.